Education panel plan a good idea

Pupils celebrating their UPSR results. Public consultation on the setting up of a National Education Policy Committee is a win-win situation for the Education Ministry and the people. – NSTP/File Pic
By TAN CHEE YONG - January 16, 2019 @ 11:26pm

I welcome the Education Ministry’s proposal to establish a National Education Policy Committee to consult the public on improving public education (“Public invites to submit proposals to improve education system” — NST, Jan 12).

Since the introduction of the National Education Blueprint 2015-2025 in 2013 under the previous administration, the implementation of its policies has received mixed results.

Its results on reducing the urban and rural gap on education performance is, nonetheless, remarkable.

The ministry said the gap was reduced by 31.6 per cent based on pupils’ 2016 Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah results compared with that of previous years.

It has allowed more pupils who are socially disadvantaged to perform as good as their urban peers.

However, there was a reverse trend in certain areas, which the Blueprint intends to address. Among them was the effort to improve English language proficiency.

In 2017, the ministry acknowledged the fact that more than 10,000 schools, and even teachers’ command of the language, was not at a standard expected in the Blueprint.

A more comprehensive approach must be adopted to bridge this gap.

Public consultation is a win-win situation for the ministry and the people.

It allows us to voice our concerns about problems and provide suggestions on ways to improve them.

Equally, the ministry can benefit from the expertise and suggestions to boost the education system.


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